DOI: 10.3390/electronics13010022 ISSN: 2079-9292

A H-Bridge-Multiplexing-Based Novel Power Electronic Transformer

Bingbing Hou, Yan Li, Zhanyang Yu, Yun Teng
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Signal Processing
  • Control and Systems Engineering

Cascaded H-bridge power electronic transformers (CHB-PET) play a pivotal role in distribution grids and their efficient operation. The input series and output parallel (ISOP) configurations result in a huge number of power switching devices, high-frequency transformers (HFT), and capacitors in high-voltage, high-capacity CHB-PET, leading to the need for high hardware costs and huge-sized CHB-PET, which further poses a significant challenge to the engineering feasibility and marketability of the CHB-PET. To address these issues, a CHB-PET topology is proposed in this paper. The novel topology exploits the concept of multi-frequency modulation to achieve power decoupling and power unit multiplexing through reasonable LC resonant frequency selection, which optimizes the ISOP structure and ultimately reduces the hardware cost and size of the CHB-PET. In this study, the effectiveness of reducing the number of power switching devices and HFT is firstly analyzed, and after describing its working principle, the control strategy of each power conversion link of PET is discussed before the correctness and effectiveness of the CHB-PET topology and control strategy proposed in this paper are verified via simulation.

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